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Development of the Cell processor that powers the PlayStation 3 has not stalled, IBM are continuing to develop chips and supply hardware for future gaming consoles, a company executive said.
IBM is working with Nintendo and Sony, CTO of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, Jai Menon said.
The Cell processor which was developed by IBM with the involvement of Sony and Toshiba, first appeared in Sony's PlayStation 3 in 2005. It was a hybrid chip, including processor cores from IBM's Power architecture. But, lately there have been doubts about Cell's future and it's use in upcoming next-generation gaming consoles.
IBM confirmed in a statement on Friday that it will still manufacture Cell processors for use in the PlayStation 3, as well as continue to invest in Cell as part of it's hybrid and multicore chip strategy.
Marvell has announced a triple-core tablet for tablets and smartphones.
The company's Armada 628 triple-core chip has two cores running at 1.5GHz each and it's third core running at 624Mhz. The chip also has integrated graphics that will allow it to play 3D high-definition video.
The Armada 628 chip is based on the Arm processor design. The two 1.5GHz cores are for "high-performance computing, to run applications over multiple cores" while the third core is optimized for low-power computing.
Marvell also added the chip will be able to provide up to 10 hours of full 1080p HD video or 140 hours of music.... all from a single charge.
As a bonus - it also supports the USB 3.0 interface.
Right now, in order to get the benefits of NVIDIA's CUDA, you require a GPU from NVIDIA capable of this - any new GPU off the shelf will do it, but up until now that has been a limitation.
NVIDIA revealed that it's going to start to support x8 processors as a target for CUDA applications - what this means is, any applications written to support NVIDIA's GPU's for CUDA for compute applications will now be able to run on standard x86 CPU's - without the need of a GPU.
It's strange of NVIDIA to do this - but it's also a good move. For CUDA applications - an NVIDIA GPU is absolutely amazing at smashing through the compute app, but allowing it to run on an x86 CPU is a good move. Solely because it'll show just how much an NVIDIA GPU helps.
KitGuru have an exclusive interview with AMD Marketing Director, Bob Grim.
Without spoiling it, here are some things Bob had to say:
"AMD Fusion APUs represent a new type of x86 processor design and software development", said Bob. "This will enable breakthroughs in visual computing, performance-per-watt and device form factor. AMD Fusion APUs are engineered to deliver powerful CPU and GPU compute capabilities in a single-die processor for today's HD video, 3D and data-intensive workloads"
Availability is "early 2011".
While AMD may not seem to be "on top", it doesn't mean they have been stagnant with releases.
Today proves this - AMD released a few new CPU's in their popular Phenom II series of proessors, we have 3 CPU's released today. The top end X6 1075T, an X4 970 Black Edition and an X2 560 Black Edition.
The 1075T sits in-between the already released 6 core 1090T and 1055T while the X4 and X2 compliment the respective AMD CPU families.
If you are lucky enough to have a desktop or a notebook with USB 3.0 ports, you probably have two ports at the most. The reason for this is that the host controllers typically only support a pair of the USB 3.0 ports.
VIA Labs has announced that it will be showing off a new host controller at Computex that is called the VL800. The VL800 supports the simultaneous use of four USB 3.0 ports.
AMD has made another step forward only a short time after releasing its new crop of six-core Phenom II X6 processors. Today brings the introduction of six new processors in its lower end Athlon II line-up.
These new processors are designed to take top spot in each of the Athlon II X2, X3 and X4 families (with their being new top models in their more energy efficient 'e' series as well). Aside from a few other minor tweaks made including the move to a C3 silicon stepping which gives an increase in supported memory speeds, each of these processors gets a minor 100MHz bump in clockspeed over its preceeding top-end chip, pushing the others down a notch with lower pricing. Though, the Athlon II X3 415e gets some special treatment with a 200MHz clock speed jump over the existing Athlon II X3 405e.
A bit of sour news comes with todays launch, however. Recent reports and sightings of a yet to be released Phenom II X4 960T gave much anticipation due to it being based on Thuban, screaming out core unlocking abilities and thus, super duper value. Unfortunately it's been learned that while there has been confirmation of this chip's existence, they were of engineering samples that AMD has no intent to release to market; at least not any time soon.
And here's today's coverage looking at some of these processors in closer detail :-
It's hard for Intel to keep a lid on its new products that are coming to market. There are too many firms and people that know about its parts to keep a tight lid on things. A service manual for the HP Envy 17 has surfaced that points to some new Intel CPUs coming soon.
The new CPUs will find their way into the Envy 17 notebook and include the Core i5-450M at 2.4GHz and consuming 35W of power. A pair of new quad-core parts will also be unveiled called the Core i7-740QM at 1.73GHz and the i7-840QM at 1.86 GHz.
Both of those quad core offerings eat 45W of power. There are some other rumored chips coming soon as well from Intel including the Core i5-530M/550M and a new Core i7-940XM extreme quad-core offering.
Things are starting to look up for AMD. The company has launched its first 6-core processor and it has been well received by consumers on a budget. AMD is also set to cram its processors inside more notebooks than ever this summer.
Reuters reports that AMD is set to make its largest foray into the notebook market ever with a new line of CPUs set to debut next week. The new CPUs are expected to be in about 109 mainstream notebooks this year.
Last year AMD processors were only in 40 different laptop models. The much higher availability of notebooks with AMD parts should mean a good increase in sales as AMD struggles to fight Intel in the market.
Say liquid cooling to an enthusiast and we tend to think of huge radiators attached with big bore tubing to copper water blocks to allow the most overclocking from a CPU or video card. There is a line of water cooling gear for the more casual user as well looking for something with good cooling that takes up less space than enthusiast systems.
One such liquid cooling system is from CoolIT and is called the ECO ALC. The ECO ALC system has been around for a while now and is compatible with a number of CPUs and mainboards.
CoolIT announced this week that the ECO ALC supports the new AMD Phenom II X6 CPU as well. This new 6-core CPU is very popular thanks to its low price and good performance. The ECO ALC system can be purchased now for under $75 on Newegg.